Louis Black is the editor of The Austin Chronicle, Austin’s major weekly newspaper, which he co-founded with Nick Barbaro in 1981. In 1987 Black co-founded South by Southwest Music, Interactive and Film Festivals and Conferences, along with Barbaro and Roland Swenson. SXSW Music is the largest music festival and music industry event in the world; SXSW Interactive is arguably the largest event of its kind in the world; and SXSW Film has become one of the preeminent film festivals in the country. (This year's SXSW takes place between March 8 and March 17, 2013, in Austin, Texas.)
Louis Black was also a founding board member of the Austin Film Society, and the board's first president, and, along with then Texas Monthly Editor Evan Smith, co-founded the Texas Film Hall of Fame in 2001. A New Jersey native, Black received an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, with a concentration in Film, in 1980. Black executive produced the documentary "Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt," by Margaret Brown, and was an associate producer on Brown’s documentary "The Order of Myths," which won a Peabody Award in 2009. Black executive produced the DVD release of Eagle Pennell's "The Whole Shootin' Match," a 1968 film which had long been thought lost and that Robert Redford always cites as inspiration for starting the Sundance Institute.
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